African leaders must collaborate to ensure the continent’s digital prosperity – Ursula

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Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, minister of communications and digitalization, is urging greater cooperation among African leaders to allow digital prosperity by closing the widening digital gap on the continent.

According to her, this will result in the delivery of reliable connectivity solutions across the region, which are essential for fostering economic growth through integrated social and economic development.

On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at the 2023 Ministerial Alliance for Digital Nations in London, United Kingdom, she made the promise while participating in a ministerial caucus meeting with other ministers from Central and West Africa.

Speaking on the topic ‘Cellular solutions for nationwide connectivity’, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said Africa with its demographic dividends presents an opportunity to the rest of the world and for that to be realised the government of Ghana has commenced the building of fibre networks “to our borders to facilitate easy connections to our neighbouring counties, while also championing a ‘roam like at home’ initiative within the ECOWAS region to link up with the rest of the continent.”

According to her, the Ghanaian government believes in “growing with our neighbours as we focus on making Ghana the digital hub of our region, knowing it is possible together.”

3.4 million people are estimated to live in Ghana’s unserved and underserved communities, and the government has started implementing a program called Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion to bring voice and internet services to them. The minister believes this will further the country’s digital inclusion.

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization is in charge of organizing the Ministerial Alliance for Digital Nations in 2023.

In order to handle ICT problems for Commonwealth transformation, it is to enable collaboration between its member governments and the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector.

In its inaugural meeting, the Ministerial Alliance will discuss the importance of affordable universal broadband access for the digital transformation. Commonwealth ministers will discuss the obstacles they have faced in obtaining affordable universal broadband access, and ICT industry representatives will address these issues, discuss their products, and offer suitable ICT solutions.

The Ministerial Alliance will also discuss new technologies and how they may affect laws, rules, and policy.


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